In this extended conversation with British filmmaker Martin Cooper and independent animators Rose Bond, Joanna Priestley, and Joan Gratz, we take a deeper dive into Portland's reputation as a hub for independent animation.
History, Mystery, and Odyssey is Martin's most recent documentary, profiling six iconic Portland animators: Chel White, Rose Bond, Jim Blashfield, Joanna Priestley, Joan Gratz, and Zak Margolis. Aided by cinematographer Adrian Storey, Martin draws out the innovation, the collaboration, and the joy of creation that bind together this tight-knit artistic community.
History, Mystery, and Odyssey screens at Portland's Cinema 21 on August 20th before moving to the Ottawa Animation Festival. The Cinema 21 screening includes a Q&A session featuring behind-the-scenes stories about Portland's indie film scene.